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Awaycation Winter 2022 - Day 5

What can I saw about the Camping-Car Park Aire at Castelnaudary?

Firstly, it's in a great place almost by the Canal du Midi. Secondly, it's not far from the town centre and its bars and restaurants.

Thirdly. It's bloody noisy! Not from the campers but from the road alongside. Traffic eventually stopped around midnight and started again about 4.30am.

So we were already awake when the alarm on my watch tinkled quietly.

We wanted to be away earlyish as we had a visit to Carcassonne to squeeze in before visiting friends John and Ann in Moux between Carcassonne and Narbonne.

They have lived there for 14 plus years. It must be 18 or so since we had a few beers when we both worked in Islington.

Anyway. We left about 10.10am. It was of course raining when Reggie had his morning constitutional and when I had to empty the toilet cassette.

So far it has rained every day.

The drive to Carcassonne was easy enough. Finding the Camping-Car spaces in the new city was impossible. I'd almost given up when we were heading out and could see the Cité off to the right on top of a hill.

I reset the satnav and off we went. Despite signs to go straight on where it was signposted Cité I allowed myself to follow Ohrex's instructions. We weaved through what looked to be a recent housing development only to encounter "route barrée"! Retracing our steps to follow the signs we arrived at the bus and Camping-Car parking. Just to the left was the other end of route barrée!

We had an hour or so in the drizzle in the magnificent old city. There was hardly anyone about which made it easier with refusnik Reggie.

I only took one photo on my phone, the rest on the Canon.


The Camping-Car parking seems to allow overnighting as it charges by the hour upto 24 hours. It is also huge.

We arrived in Moux about 1.45pm. John was waiting and we parked up. The house is really nice in a converted barn with huge garage alongside. Ann made a simple lunch and it was really nice. Some two and a half hours later we had to leave.

Tonight's stay is at the municipal owned camping-car aire in St Cyprien Plage. I hadn't booked. As we were so late we decided to take the toll motorway from near Moux to south of Perpignan. It was quicker than the non toll route.

It was actually sunny as we headed south from Narbonne towards Perpignan. The mountain in the distance is Canigou.


Traffic was heavy from J42 on the A9 and it was past 6.35pm when we arrived. The machine on the gate worked well and we were in and parked. There are loads of vans in here. All a bit closer together than on a site. But this is costing €10.10 for a night including EHU I can guess why it's packed.

We had a walk around the adjacent marina. Ordered pizza at a little shop nearby. Reggie was once again not happy walking about.


Pizzas were absolutely wonderful. I can thoroughly recommend Papy Pizza!

Some reading listen to the wind getting up! It's supposed to get up to about 70km tonight...

Tomorrow we head further south into Spain and the timeshare apartment in Alcossebre.

It will be the longest single days driving of the entire trip. The sooner we get away the better. We can't check-in until 4pm and I don't want to be driving all day with nothing to break up the driving.... I think it's about 400 Kms.

Posted by InvictaMoto 19:12 Archived in France

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